Affordable Titleist Putters

Just a quick note to Charlie: Scotty Cameron has always stated one simple Goal: "to make the finest putters in the world". His putters are sort of like Rolls Royces or Bentleys. If you want one, bring money. There is no entry level, consumer or Walmart version. Each putter in the line represents the top of the line, cream of the crop, the exceptional, the finest putter in the world. Simply put, that's what I want because the finest putter in the world works for me. I will probably never buy another putter. A world class putter is like a fine woman. Keep her for has long as you possibly can, treat her right and play with her often. I will buy a ton of Vokey wedges and a half ton of Titleist irons and woods but my putter is like diamonds. It is forever. First class costs a little bit more so why go thru life in coach?

Very well put AC RixRox.  That is the best example and explanation I've ever heard.  Thanks 

Everyone has great points.  If you look, there are great deals on SC's out there.  I just picked my first one up this past September and it is worth every penny.  I was in Myrtle Beach for a golf trip and checked out the new Golfsmith store.  There was a SC on the used rack.  After talking to a store associate, he told me a local gentleman purchased the putter and did not like it.  Golfsmith has a 30-day playability policy.  Return the club in any condition up to 30 days after purchase and they'll give you a full refund in store credit.  This guy used his SC Newport 2.5 for less than 9 holes and returned it.  Normally $349.  Had it listed at $299 on the used rack.  I got lucky and they were running a special on used clubs, %40 off all used equipment.  No brainer there.  I practically stole the thing!  A new SC for $180!

Second time sports, Play it again sports etc... sometimes have used Camerons....keep your eyes open!  Also, some pro shops have great deals on clubs this time of year...it may be worth a phone call or two...

JAT, Good Luck!

Earlier this month my Brother was in the pro shop of one of our local golf courses, and he picked up a Scotty putter for a "very good" price. I won't say what it was, but it was less than some other brands of lesser quality, and price. The pro shop had several models on hand, and was trying to make room for the new models. Check out your local golf courses that have SC putters, and you just might find a bargain.

Here is an option - buy a used Cameron and send it in for a refinishing.  You can end up with a very sharp putter for a fraction of the cost of a new one.  

Knocking the ball around the indoor green with my SC Golo using tape to mark off distances to hit to. Wow! The SC is almost intuitive in stroking the right distances. It's so easy to line up by eye even with the glossy black line up line on black metal finish. I cannot wait to go south of the snow to try it out in match / play.

I got my new 2013 SC GoLo for $200. $180 for your Newport 2.5 is a real good deal!

Charlie:

My Scotty is at least 10 years old.  Prior to owing it I bought at least 1 putter a year trying to find the magic.  They haven't really changed prices much since I bought mine.  I think I have the best putter made and it really has turned out to be the cheapest option.

Marc

Hello Charlie,

To answer the question you asked, yes, Titleist does miss out on a large share of the market by only offering SC putters. Titleist had long had an elitist mentality that their clubs were for "players" and offering outstanding product like SC putters fits that mindset. Why they only offer SC putters? Perhaps its a business agreement between Titleist and SC. Perhaps Titleist chooses not to compete with companies that offer putters at lower prices.

As for people changing putters frequently, they've probably never been properly fitted for a putter. They grab a 35" off the rack and take a putting stance in which they fit themselves to the club. If they would start with a comfortable putting stance first and then get fit for length, they might learn they're more comfortable with a 36" or a 34.5".

Dan W

Hello Charlie,

As for people changing putters frequently, they've probably never been properly fitted for a putter. They grab a 35" off the rack and take a putting stance in which they fit themselves to the club. If they would start with a comfortable putting stance first and then get fit for length, they might learn they're more comfortable with a 36" or a 34.5".

 

Interesting conundrums.

No one club has more strokes per round.  So it is the most critical in the bag.

No one club is purchased more on what suits the eye than one that is fitted to their stroke.

Who takes lessons and learns their best stroke tendencies?

How hard is it to find both fitter expertise and a full lineup to get fitted properly?

If one has invested in the steps to learn their potential and been fitted properly, then a SC will last years longer than a driver as a suitable club to keep in the bag.  It's getting past the design of the year and the gadget of the moment and the impulse purchase to hope the next putter will solve everything that is the hard part.  Adding some more affordable (?) putters for these stages of personal growth may not be a market that adds value to the franchise, especially for SC.  Adding a line that is subpar in quality to SC but has the Titleist name will be confusing and leave questions as to Titleist's association with the best quality in the market.

 

Well spoken! Rolls Royce and Bentley have a similar market problem.

I agree. Very well spoken indeed.

I would point out that Mr. Solheim offers a variety of putters at different price points and nobody in their right mind would describe those products as subpar quality. I whole heartedly agree that once you have identified a putter style that matches your stroke and you've been properly fitted then absolutely an SC putter is an excellent investment that will pay benefits for years to come.

Titleist is a company that doesn't make mistakes. I'm sure they've crunched the numbers and have made a conscious business decision not to enter this market.